Korean Footballers Warm up for 1st-Ever Final at U-20 World Cup

  • By Chang Min-seok

    June 14, 2019 10:36

    Korea's youth footballers arrived in Łodź, Poland on Wednesday ahead of the final against Ukraine of the FIFA World Cup, and began warming up for the last showdown.

    The biennial tournament will be closing its journey on Saturday, which kicked off on May 23.

    If Korea wins, it will be the first-ever victory for any Asian men's team at a FIFA-endorsed event. The Korean women's team won the 2010 U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Lee Kang-in gets off a bus after arriving in Łodź, Poland on Wednesday ahead of the U-20 World Cup final. /Yonhap

    As Poland shares a border with Ukraine, many Ukrainian fans are expected to travel to the former industrial hub to support their team. Some 30 cheer squads from Korea plan to attend the final.

    Managing the players' recovery time will be crucial as they have played six matches over the course of the tournament involving two inter-city journeys of over seven hours.

    They have shown top form, and often outperformed their tiring opponents in the second half. Six of their eight goals have come in the second half or in extra time.

    Head coach Chung Jung-yong said, "Looking at the data provided by FIFA, you can see that our players ran further than their opponents in every single game." 

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